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Around the AFC North: Ravens add big piece to D, Steelers lose starting WR

In line with the ebbs and flows of free agency, the AFC North made headlines late last week and continued to do so Monday.

The Browns — which have said they'll be disciplined in their approach to navigating the open market — signed offensive lineman Alvin Bailey and linebacker Justin Tuggle on Friday and released second-year quarterback Johnny Manziel.

Meanwhile, here's what's happening around the division:


After the departures of receivers Marvin Jones to Detroit and Mohamed Sanu to Atlanta, the Bengals found their footing late last week, re-signing two key members of their defensive secondary in cornerback Adam Jones and safety George Iloka.

"We're excited to have George and Eric stay with us," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis told "They've been key contributors to the success we've had, and they fit our plans going forward. They've started a lot of games, have made plays and have been great teammates."

For Cincinnati — who won the AFC North before falling to Pittsburgh in the first round of the playoffs — retaining Jones and Iloka means maintaining continuity on a defense that finished 11th in the league.

The Bengals also re-signed reserve offensive lineman Eric Winston.


Baltimore is set to sign veteran safety Eric Weddle, and other outlets reported Monday, marking a big get for the Ravens as they try to shake off a 5-11 campaign last season.

Weddle, who was an All-Pro selection from 2010-2014, reportedly was also approached with offers from the Steelers, Raiders and Cowboys, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Weddle enters his 10th NFL season and first outside of San Diego. He made 78 tackles and six pass deflections in 13 games last season.

He was ranked the eighth-best free agent by’s Top 99 Available Players.


The NFL suspended Pittsburgh receiver Martavis Bryant for at least a year after violating its substance abuse policy, the league announced Monday.

Bryant, who sat four games last season for the same offense, did not appeal the suspension, according to ESPN and other media reports.

"We are very disappointed that Martavis Bryant has put himself in this current situation of being suspended by the league," Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said in a released statement.

"He is at a crossroads of his professional life, and he needs to understand significant changes need to occur in his personal life if he wants to regain his career as a Pittsburgh Steeler. We are hopeful that Martavis will take the necessary steps to develop the discipline in his personal life to become a successful player and a good teammate."

Bryant caught 50 passes for 765 yards and six touchdowns in 11 games last season.

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